Filing a Claim After a Pedestrian Accident
When a car hits you as a pedestrian, it can come as a total shock. You could have been on the cross walk minding your business when a car crashes into you. It can be a very scary experience. Your first instinct may be to file a claim against the driver who hit you. Although that may be the right instinct, you may also have a claim against the local municipality depending on the circumstances. This is why it is important to immediately consult with an experience Orange County pedestrian accident attorney.
Claims Against the Driver
In pedestrian accidents, drivers are generally at fault for causing the crash. Drivers have the legal obligation to identify hazards and take steps to avoid them. However, just because they seem to be at fault for the collision, it does not mean that the driver or their insurance carrier will easily roll over and pay out on your claim.
The adjuster or their insurance carrier’s hired defense attorney may take every step to avoid paying or at least reduce their percentage of fault. To make sure you get the full compensation that you deserve, it is in your best interest to hire an aggressive attorney to fight for your rights.
Claims Against Local Municipality
Depending on the specific facts of your situation, you may also have a valid claim against the local municipality in which the crash happened. For instance, if there was a road design that contributed to your accident, you may be able to sue the municipality in control of the road.
Government claims are different than claims against third parties. You generally have a much shorter period of time to bring these types of claims. And proving your claim against a government municipality is much more difficult, requiring the assistance of an experienced OC pedestrian accident attorney who specifically handles these types of claim.
Getting Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident
Regardless of which party you have a claim against, getting hit by a car is a serious matter. You should not have to pay for a driver failing to obey the signs of the road or a municipality being negligent in the design or maintenance of the road. An aggressive attorney will know the right steps to get you the full compensation that you deserve, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Call an Orange County Pedestrian Accident Attorney!
If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a pedestrian in an accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You should immediately consult with an experienced OC pedestrian accident attorney to help protect your rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.